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View Poll Results: What do you believe about the afterlife?
Eternal afterlife (example: heaven, hell) 13 33.33%
Reincarnation 15 38.46%
Afterlife only involves human souls 0 0%
Afterlife involves all souls (example: animal) 14 35.90%
I do not believe in an afterlife 12 30.77%
Other 7 17.95%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 09:23 PM

I thought I would get a discussion going on the afterlife. I feel like I have met many people over my life whose perceptions of the afterlife surprised me. So I decided to ask a two part question. What do you believe about an afterlife and what souls participate in this? Any further comments, remarks, or “others” please post below.

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I believe in reincarnation for all types of souls, not just human. But I don’t believe this happens immediately after death. I feel like there would be sort of a heaven type situation where souls could reflect on their past lives until they are ready for a new one.

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Re: Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 09:28 PM

Don't believe in any type of afterlife. I believe you're dead. And that's it.

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Re: Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 09:53 PM

I don't know what might happen. I might reincarnate, I might go to heaven (or hell ), or I might just rot in the ground (that's always been a creepy thought to me ).
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Re: Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 10:15 PM

I marked like three things, because I believe that heaven and hell exist, people animals mostly anything can go there, but something... I don't know. I got the feeling that I should mark "Other" too, something confuses me about it. Especially the subject of Purgatory, and what gets you to Heaven, or what can send you to Hell, or what if Judgement Day happens... you know its all still sort of confusing to me. But I believe in God and that he has made us a place to live forever, whether it be Heaven or Hell....

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Re: Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 10:46 PM

Unfortunately I believe that when you're dead, you're dead. I don't believe in any form of afterlife. In a sense I wish I did.

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Re: Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 11:32 PM

I don't believe there's an afterlife. I do find it interesting to see what other people believe.
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Re: Afterlife - August 14th 2013, 11:40 PM

I believe in an afterlife for all souls

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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 12:09 AM

You know I find the simple concept of death where you're dead, you're dead is quite amazing. I don't see the point of life where there's no... well anything to death, it just makes life harder.

For me, well I've been believing all sort of things from time to time. Mostly reincarnation but that belief is gone now and therefore to me... death is nothing but a door to somewhere, may it be the grim fate you'll turn into nothing or an reincarnation where death will connect with one being born somewhere in the universe that close to you.

It's not really our place to judge death to anything at all, we are but ignorant meddlers to suiting that belief so none of us are right at all unless that point is proven.
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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 01:01 AM

I believe in reincarnation for all souls... Doesn't mean we'll be reincarnated into this world, though.

I think a soul is continuing because I remember a time of darkness. That is all I'm saying, because I'll be criticized harshly if I continue further... But it's my earliest memory, yet I cannot remember where it came from. It was peaceful, and I knew things, but it was very dark, and I couldn't think in the normal way. Nor did I think of anything, really, until I made a conscious effort to move from that place.

That may be extremely far-fetched, but I think it was more than a dream.

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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 01:10 AM

I believe in reincarnation. I've always been interested in the subject and the different past lives people have. I've read a lot about it both supporting it and trying to disprove it. It's kinda funny some of the theories people come up to explain why people seem to have past life memories.
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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 01:54 AM

I'm honestly a bit torn between reincarnation and the afterlife. I've always been told that after I'll die I'll be with -x- again and we'll reunite, so in that case there would be some form of an afterlife. But then I've also sort of believed in reincarnation as something new. Maybe the afterlife wins a bit though. But I also don't believe in some of the things that get people into Hell, some of it seems too harsh.

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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 02:05 AM

I believe in reincarnation and I also believe in Heaven and Hell. I think that some souls are given the option to choose between being reincarnated or staying up in a heaven like environment. I also think there are some souls that are never given the option of being reincarnated due to crimes they have committed in a previous life and are therefore subject to going to hell.

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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 02:33 AM

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Unfortunately I believe that when you're dead, you're dead. I don't believe in any form of afterlife. In a sense I wish I did.
That's not unfortunate. You turn into fertilizer to feed the plants that you used to breathe your entire life so that other people can experience life.

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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 08:41 AM

I believe in Heaven and Hell - if you don't believe in God, then you go to Hell, and if you do, you get Heaven.

Slightly simpler than how it really is, but you get the gist.
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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 09:03 AM

I'm an odd one.
For me, I believe I a dead, that's it nothing.
But for my pets I believe they are in an after life..
I like to believe that we keep on until memories of us fade, then we truely are gone.

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Re: Afterlife - August 15th 2013, 08:01 PM

I beliieve we either go to heaven or hell, no reincarnation, yes we lay in a box 6 feet under...but that's only our body, our souls leave us and go on.

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Re: Afterlife - August 16th 2013, 07:04 AM

Hmm, good question.

I don't believe in heaven or hell (at least the type the bible describes) because I'm Atheist.
BUT, I put other because I honestly am still thinking about this. I think that we may just die and that's it, adios. But at the same time I think it could be possible that something else happens, but I know I don't believe in heaven or hell.

Sorry if that's confusing lol, guess I'm still debating what I think

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Re: Afterlife - August 16th 2013, 07:23 AM

I believe in heavn an hell either way if you dont follow the word of God you will go to hell if you do you will go to heaven
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Re: Afterlife - August 16th 2013, 08:36 AM

I don't know what to believe. In a sense, if someone told me I had to take a guess at what happened, I would say nothing. But I want to believe there's a heaven/hell/afterlife. I really want to.

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Re: Afterlife - August 16th 2013, 01:25 PM

I want to believe there's something there before we become a zygote and after we take our last breath, I want to believe we had/take on another form. What this form is exactly, it's better left unknown. Maybe we've had previous lives as humans or animals, we can't know because our memories get destroyed the instant we die in that life. Maybe after we die in this life, we'll get reincarnated.

I like to believe in "Enlightenment" as the Buddhist adhere by. We repeat our lives, in countless ways, until we get one life right. After living that life, we'll go to Heaven. There is no Hell.

In terms of religions, I'm more leaned towards Judaism-Buddhism on this issue. But really, it's a matter of perspective.
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Re: Afterlife - August 16th 2013, 02:54 PM

I believe in heaven, hell, purgatory, and reincarnation.
I am not sure though if I think that animals get reincarnated or go to heaven as well.
I believe in ghosts. I believe in angels, and demons. I believe in Jesus but I don't believe that people who follow a faith outside of Jesus go to hell. Like for example, a muslim woman would go to heaven I think just because they believe in God. And if they really needed to believe in Jesus than upon their death God would help them and say "You've done great. Now I do need you to take my son in." I believe in Satan too.
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Re: Afterlife - August 25th 2013, 03:28 PM

I am actually surprised to see that so far, reincarnation is the most popular afterlife belief! Interesting!

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Re: Afterlife - August 25th 2013, 06:05 PM

I voted "other", because I'm confused. I don't believe in Heaven or Hell. I don't belong to any organised religion, and I follow a secular religious belief. Like Take Heart, I struggle to accept the concept of death leading to nothing. What's the point in life then? Sure, there's the here and now, and I live this life for this life, and not an afterlife.

I often think of life before this life at the same time I think of life after this life. I remember a flash before my first memory. It felt like waking up in the middle of the night. Now, I'm not talking bullshit here, and please don't disrespect this. My first memory consisted of walking through my hometown with my father. When I felt that flash, I felt like I was falling, I was looking down on the streets of Limerick from above, and I fell down, it got closer and closer, and then I started seeing through the eyes of someone on the ground. Me.

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Re: Afterlife - August 25th 2013, 09:42 PM

I believe in heaven and hell.
I don't believe in reincarnation

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Re: Afterlife - August 26th 2013, 02:05 AM

I voted that I believe in an afterlife and in reincarnation for all souls. However, I don't believe in Heaven or Hell specifically. I believe that the afterlife is so complex and mysterious that it will be unlike anything humans ever imagined. I do think that it's possible that reincarnation could play a role in this, and that we could possibly be given a choice as to whether or not we go back.
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